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Five Lessons from the Colts Game
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Here are five lessons we learned from Monday night’s big 19-9 primetime win over the Indianapolis Colts.
“You have to be able to run to be successful. It opens up everything else and keeps the defense off balanced. It opens the field up and you get a chance to wear them down. You get a chance to be aggressive and go forward instead of going back and retreating in protection. I mean, you can also be aggressive, but it’s a different mindset than when you’re going forward, grinding your legs, putting two bodies not one body and by the end of the fourth quarter you can really tire them out. Then you start getting some 10 yard runs.”
“We played well when we were on the field, but there is no better defense than when we are on the sideline drinking Gatorade because our offense is out there. The coaches are able to talk to us longer and make adjustments, and it also ends up giving the other team a longer field to work with. It helps a lot. It’s easy to play defense from the sideline.”
“The defense played lights out the entire game. They made big plays and that’s what we’ve been emphasizing. You all have been asking questions about turnovers. Well, we finished the game the right away.
“You earn that (confidence from a quarterback) as a receiver. You develop that as a quarterback with a receiver over time. He was awesome. I don’t know how many catches he ended up with tonight, but he was really good because they came in the game and they said they were trying to take (Antonio) Gates away. Gradually each week, he’s becoming more and more involved.”
“You’ve got to put two or three in a row together. You’ve got to keep on going. The key in this game is to be more consistent and not turn the ball over on the road. That will be a big emphasis this week. ”